April 22, 2024 3 minutes reading time

NXTGEN SCSN launch at Hannover Messe

During Hannover Messe, the NXTGEN SCSN project was officially launched. The Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Micky Adriaansens, inaugurated the project on the first day of the German industry event, in the presence of NXTGEN Hightech program director Monika Hoekstra and Brainport Industries director John Blankendaal.

A New Phase: Digital Product Passports, Product Carbon Footprint, and Supply Chain Resilience

Ten years ago, SCSN started at the Hannover Messe with the goal of collaborating with solution providers to simplify the complex tangle of information flows between companies. Over the past ten years, more than 15 solution providers have joined, connecting a total of 500 customers and promoting the automation of the supply chain. In terms of development, SCSN has built on foundations such as Gaia-X and data spaces, and has made progress with the German Catena-X initiative for the automotive sector.

Now, ten years later, with the support of NXTGEN Hightech, SCSN is ready for the next phase, expanding the functionality of the supply chain and embedding it more deeply in our manufacturing industry. This will enable more solution providers and manufacturing companies to join.

A Future-Proof Industry

The mission of NXTGEN SCSN is to realize a strong and future-proof high-tech manufacturing industry through a fully digitally connected and transparent supply chain. NXTGEN Smart Industry SI9 plays a crucial role in supporting SCSN's ambition to improve data availability and enrich information throughout the entire supply chain.

The focus for 2024 is on:

  • Product Carbon Footprint reporting

  • Expansion of procurement and sales flows

  • Technical expansion and improvements

  • Supply Chain Resilience

  • Digital product passports


Smart Industry SI9 focuses on developing a data-sharing infrastructure for the high-tech manufacturing industry, enabling companies to share data to comply with regulations and optimize their business processes cost-effectively. The infrastructure must be flexible and capable of sharing various types of data while allowing companies to retain control over their own data. Collaboration between different parties is essential to realize this infrastructure. The project is developing a future vision and blueprint for this infrastructure, including a reference implementation of the necessary building blocks. The goal is to create a shareable digital twin, where all aspects of products and processes can be shared and controlled throughout their lifecycle, ensuring interoperability.

Smart Industry SI9 works in synergy with Smart Industry SI6 for developing the data models.